Syrian ‘Rebels’ Ordered 10 Tons of Sarin Nerve Agent in Turkey

TEHRAN (FNA)- A Turkish prosecutor filed a report to the court in the Southern Turkish city of Adana, showing Syria militants have been ordering and receiving chemical material from Turkey.

On May 28 Turkish security forces found a 2-kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of terrorists from the Al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front who were previously detained.

According to media reports, sarin gas was found in the homes of suspected Syrian militants detained in provinces of Adana and Mersia following a search by Turkish police.

Five Turks and a Syrian citizen, named Haitam Kassapwho, who were arrested on the case for allegations of buying chemical weapons in Turkey, have pleaded not guilty, according to the English-language Hurriyet Daily News, which quoted from the indictment.

Prosecution attorney objected the ruling and presented the court with a 132-page document which contained evidence of the suspects’ links to terrorist groups in Syria including al-Nusra Front and Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic States of Iraq and Levant (Ahrar al-Sham), a report by the Voice of Russia said.

The document says that radical Salafi groups set up a channel for carrying out terrorist attacks inside Turkey.

According to the document al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham group had tried to buy large amounts of sarin nerve gas and chemical substances used in manufacturing poisonous materials.

The prosecution believes that the suspects have links to Syrian groups close to Al-Qaeda and their leaders and were buying chemical materials from Turkey to send into Syria.

Citing telephone calls made by the suspects, the document shows they ordered at least ten tons of chemicals in total.

“The claim that the suspects didn’t know about the possibility of producing sarin nerve gas from the chemicals they tried to buy is not true which was established when they were testifying,” the document says.

Syrian government has already filed several reports to the United Nations on multiple chemical attacks carried out by foreign-backed militants during the bloody insurgency that has gripped the country since March 2011.

Conflicting reports of an alleged chemical attack near Syrian capital emerged on August 21, which the anti-Syria militants blamed on the Syrian government and prompted US threats of attacking the country.

Syria has categorically denied using chemical weapons and says the attack was a false-flag operation by the militants to open the way for US military action.

On Friday Syria become a full member of the global anti-chemical weapons treaty to show its commitment to ban of using chemical weapons.

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(Press TV)–The public prosecutor claimed on Friday that the detainees had relations with the al-Qaeda-linked groups of al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham Brigades and were in Turkey to produce chemical weapons for them.

The prosecutor completed his indictment as part of the probe into the chemicals seized in the southern city of Adana, located some 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the border with Syria, in late May.

Citing transcripts of several phone conversations between the suspects, the indictment said that a 35-year-old Syrian citizen, identified as Hytham Qassap, established a connection with a network in Turkey in order to procure chemical materials for the terrorist groups fighting in Syria.

The indictment rejected the suspects’ claims about their unawareness of the chemical materials they tried to obtain.

“The suspects have pleaded not guilty saying that they had not been aware the materials they had tried to obtain could have been used to make sarin gas. Suspects have been consistently providing conflicting and incoherent facts on this matter,” the indictment said.

According to the prosecutors, Turkish chemical dealers told the prime suspect Qassap that two of the eight chemicals he was trying to acquire were subject to state approval.

The indictment says Qassap confessed that he moved to the city of Antakya following the instructions of the leader of al-Qaeda-linked Ahrar al-Sham Brigades, Abu Walid.

“After I arrived in Antakya, other rebel groups had come into contact with me. While some had asked me for medicine and other humanitarian aid supplies, others wanted to obtain military equipment,” he told prosecutors.

The investigation was launched after security forces received a tip suggesting that some anti-Syria militants were looking to procure materials that could be used to produce chemical weapons.

Qassap and five Turkish suspects are under arrest while five others have been released.

Sarin has been classified as a weapon of mass destruction in UN Resolution 687.


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